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Old hand at being a Dad, but......

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BoogieDave Wed 28-Sep-11 14:30:42

Well hello to everyone. I feel a bit odd joining up Mumsnet but as I see elsewhere Dads are just as welcome as Mums I thought I'd register anyway.

So, here's to my work dilemma. I have been a stay-at-home Dad for the past 8 years looking after my three young daughters whilst their mother first trained to become a teacher and is now a full-time secondary school maths teacher.

Our youngest daughter is now 4 years old and has now started full time in reception. This now allows me to obtain some kind of meaningful regular employment which was an impossibility whilst my youngest was only doing half a day each weekday at nursery. Add to that the fact I walked everywhere (no car) and my days previously have been a maelstrom of getting kids ready for school, getting to school, back home, chores, back to nursery, back home, entertaining little one....yadda-yadda-yadd, I'm sure you all know the score only too well.

Anyway, back to the point. I've been offered what I consider to be a very decent position as a project manager with a company that intends to launch a schools fundraising cashback site. My role would be to visit schools and introduce the project to the school business manager with a view to the school joining the program and obviously this would fit in extremely well with my taking the girls to and from school. Incidentally, there are no costs to schools that get involved in the project.

My big question is this: as I've been researching the concept I see that there are various companies already operating in this area but the amounts of money raised by each school seem to be tiny. Is this because parents are not interested in helping school to raise funds or is it because schools are not promoting this kind of fundraising?

As a parent, I think the idea is sound and one that I would be involved in myself even if I don't take this job. I'm just worried that I might find this to be a very stressful position for me if parents and schools find the idea objectionable.

I really would appreciate any input or comments from parents who are involved in PTAs or have experience of school fundraising. It will help me in my decision whether to take the job or not as I don't want my kids having a stressed out dad around the house....I've been a pretty cool-headed funky dad up until this point ;o)

BoogieDave Wed 28-Sep-11 14:32:42

and I suppose I should have used the acronym DDx3....forgive my newbie naivety :O)

An0therName Wed 28-Sep-11 14:39:55

hi - maybe post - perhaps slightly shorter - in the education section - and do a search on PTA fundraising

with regards to the job - are you getting a basic salery, or is it commision only?
have you got sales experience at all - part of any sales job is being able to take rejection -
good luck

BoogieDave Wed 28-Sep-11 19:46:12

Hi Anothername :O)

is brevity a bit of a requirement here? The position is freelance initially with a daily rate paid by invoice.

The rejection thing I reckon I can deal with.....i'm more concerned about the amount of stress related to bringing schools on board.

I'll try your suggestion about the education section too, thanks.

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